how many books are there in the star wars series.
All six movies have had novelizations written.If you’re asking how many books have been published total under the Star Wars name, you’re looking at hundreds, counting full novels, children’s books, guides, and so on.
star wars books.
im a big fan of star wars (who isn’t) and i know there are a lot of books on star wars out there. I don’t know where to start, i would like to read a book or series that does not have to do with the characters in the movies.
I have to say that I was actually surprised with the answers that you’ve got so far … usually a question like this brings the “haters” out in full force. You’ve got some pretty good suggestions here so I thought I’d add my two cents to the “fray” … well, it’ll be more like $2.50 because I’m kind of long winded …First I have to echo what others have said … you won’t find too many books that don’t have the “Big 3” of Han, Luke, & Leia in them. The “Tales” books mentioned are really only short stories about minor and unknown characters … they are a good read but if you don’t know the back story they won’t make much sense to you.That’s actually one of the main problems, if you want to call it that, with the Star Wars EU (Expanded Universe) … the books all build on each other and move the story along. You do have a big “perk” in that you are starting to read the books now and not when they all started coming out in 1990 … first we had books set 5 years after ROTJ, then came out a book that happened the day after ROTJ, then one set 4 years after ROTJ … etc, etc. Man, it’s hard to believe that its been almost 20 years since I saw “Heir To The Empire” in the book store. Being able to read them in “order” will make them much easier to follow.Anyways, “Krypton” mentions “The Adventures Of Luke Skywalker” … this book never really existed … it was the novel version of A New Hope and quite frankly it sucked big time … even back then … now it is a hopeless mess with all the info from the prequels. He mentions a book titled “Allegiance” by Timothy Zahn. VERY good book set in between ep IV and ep V. Timothy Zahn, IMHO, is the very best writer of the SW EU. If you read this book as one of the first you read remember the name Mara Jade … she plays a very big role in the SW EU and with the Skywalker family … I want to tell you more because she is one of the best “new” characters in the books but I don’t want to spoil the story.”SWdarklighter” … love the ID BTW, could you be a fellow fan of Charmed … anyways, she mentions the “Tales” books. These are basically a collection of short stories that tell us more about a lot of the minor characters in the movies that we didn’t even know the names of from just the movies. These books are full of background info on the saga but in many cases you would know what or who the stories were talking about if you hadn’t read other SW books. Also mentioned were the “Republic Commando” & “Med-Star” books … good reads that you don’t really need a lot of background info to understand. These books are set in between ep II & ep III. Also mentioned are the Darth Bane books … these are set about 1000 years before ep I … again, great reads that don’t need a lot of background info to understand. She and “Worf” also mention the “Rogue Squadron” series as a place to start … again, a good choice … this series is # 2 on my list of what to read first. I never thought I would like them but I was wrong … Wedge Antillies is one bad dude when it comes to flying an X-Wing. These books don’t have much of the “Big 3″ in them … Luke and Leia have cameos in the first few and Han does play a kind of major part in the last couple of the books but they are a really great read.”Worf” also mentions “The Thrawn Trilogy” by Timothy Zahn. These are the books that, no matter how ticked off Lucas gets about it, saved Star Wars. The books that came out after ROTJ were pure bantha poodu … same for the comics put out by Marvel … horrible stuff. Fans got turned off because these stories didn’t make much sense and that put Star Wars in a back room in some hospital on life support. This trilogy of books was actually a last ditch effort by Lucas to find out if there was still a fan base out there for Star Wars. After each of the books of this series came out they went to the top of the best seller list within a week. It told Lucas that there were still a lot of fans out there but that we would not accept the crap that had been put out before this because the story was junk. If he gave us a good story like the one Zahn told then we the fans would eat it up … it had to be a good story though and Zahn hit it out of the park with this set.Anyways, whenever I am asked what books to start with I always say The Thrawn Trilogy … then the X-Wing books. After that you are on your own … lol … For the most part most of the books that have come out since then have been pretty good … a couple of “clunkers” but still good.May The Force Be With You …
How many Star Wars episodes are there.
Total? How many are there? It’s for school! Thanks!
Man, some people should remember the words of “Joe Friday” … “just the facts” … because they end up with a case of “foot in mouth” disease when they try to sound like they know what they are talking about.For the record there are 6 live action episodes in the Star Wars saga. The following list is them plus the newer animated stuff that has come out in the past few years:1999 – Episode I : The Phantom Menace2002 – Episode II : Attack Of The Clones2003 – Clone Wars Micro Series Vol 1: Chapters 1 – 202004 – Clone Wars Micro Series Vol 2: Chapter 212008 – Star Wars The Clone Wars – Animated Movie2008 – ???? : Star Wars The Clone Wars – Animated Series2004 – Clone Wars Micro Series Vol 2: Chapters 22 – 252005 – Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith1977 – Episode IV: A New Hope1980 – Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back1983 – Episode VI: Return Of The JediAs for the other answers … yes there have been other TV shows, Ewoks and Droids to name a couple, that were put out in the mid 80’s but for the most part they were horrid pieces of crap.When Lucas first started out with the story there were actually 12 episodes that he wanted to tell in the same fashion as the old Flash Gordon series. Seeing that it wouldn’t work that way Lucas cut it to 9 episodes and as Lucas made changes to and the story itself evolves the number of episodes were cut to 6. Episodes 7 – 9 were supposed to have been about “the other Skywalker” that Yoda talks about in ep V but that trilogy was eliminated when Lucas made Leia Luke’s sister. In 1991 Lucas gave the “official continuation of the story” tag to the book trilogy dubbed “The Thrawn Trilogy” that was written by Timothy Zahn. The titles of the books were “Heir To The Empire”, “Dark Force Rising”, & “The Last Command”. These books are set 5 years after the events of ep VI and are incredibly well written and are a must read for die hard fans. “Blue Harvest” and “Revenge of The Jedi” were not “hoax” titles of ep VI per say. “Blue Harvest” was the stage code name for the sets used in ep VI. Lucas was trying to keep people guessing as to where he was actually making the movies so that was how “Blue Harvest” was born. The “Revenge of the Jedi” thing was a staff member of LucasFilm not paying attention in class. When they were brain storming for the title of ep VI someone said how about “Revenge Of The Jedi”. Lucas said that wouldn’t work because a Jedi would never seek revenge but some people heard the “Revenge” title and ran with it until Lucas smashed them.May The Force Be With You …
how many star wars books are there and witch one come first…Q….
3 books “a new hope” came first
How many Jedi followers or disbelievers have actually read all the Star Wars books from cover to cover.
And how many have deeply studied them, not just read them?I keep getting questions to answer that are obviously from people who never completely read the books and studied them. Is it fair to criticize the Jedi religion or mock its believers when you have not really studied their books?
You’re not talking about the “Expanded Universe” are you? Because if a million adolescents read a million words a day for a million years, they still couldn’t read all the crap that those Star Wars books have cranked out over the last thirty-five years.
Star Wars Book Recomendation.
I am looking to read one of the Star Wars Books but there are so many that I cannot decide on my own. A recomendation would be greatly appreciated. I am looking for one that is fast paced and I like the lightsaber fights.
To be honest there really aren’t any “one shot” books, or series for that matter, that have a lot of lightsabre fights in them and to read just one Star Wars book … well depending on how much of a fan you are it is kind of like that potato chip commercial … “bet you can’t eat just one” or “once you pop you can’t stop” … lol …As much as I hate to I’ll have to agree with “medley…”, Dark Lord: The Rise Of Darth Vader” would be a good one. Others … “Shatterpoint” a book that features Mace Windu set in between ep II & ep III … “The Cestus Deception” a book that features Obi-Wan & Kit Fisto also set in between ep II & ep III … “Yoda: Dark Rendezvous” a book that features, of course, Yoda, Count Dooku and has a little of Obi-Wan and Anakin in it along with some padawans. The Darth Bane books are pretty good but there are two of them right now with a third coming soon. Lots of lightsabre fights in them but they are set around 1020 years before ep IV.As has been said the Thrawn Trilogy, NOT the Heir To the Empire trilogy as that idiot markwillstar says, is pretty much the “Gold Standard” for Star Wars books. Set 5 years after the events of ep VI they were brilliantly written by Hugo Award winning author Timothy Zahn. The titles are “Heir To The Empire”, “Dark Force Rising”, & “The Last Command” … “The Last Command” remain one of only a few books that I have ever read cover to cover in one sitting. There is a massive lightsabre duel at the end of it as Luke duels a clone of himself.The X-Wing books are really great if you like a lot of action but there are no lightsabre fights in them although one of the members of Rogue Squadron, Corran Horn, is a from a Jedi family and doesn’t know it. In the fourth book of the series he realizes that just because he can be a Jedi it doesn’t mean he can use a lightsabre very good without training as he almost ends up dead for trying to use it in a fight.Anyways … lots of good suggestions here … enjoy.May The Force Be With You ….
Question about Star Wars books..
I am a huge Star Wars fan but i was wondering about the books. What is the first one ever called? How many are in the series? Are they like super rare or somthgin? Please answer.
The first thing to know about the books of the Star Wars EU (Expanded Universe of books) is any “general rules” about the telling of a story in book form … toss them out the window because they don’t apply to the books of SW. The other major thing to know from the start is that the movies were NOT made from existing books … the books were written about the movies & Lucas has authorized other authors to write continuing stories about SW … no book is written without the express OK from Lucas on it’s story … none of them. They also fit in a pretty tight time line of events & each book builds on what has been told before. Del Rey is the official publisher of SW books. Here’s a couple links to time lines on their site:http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/starwa…http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/starwa…These time lines do leave out many of the “lessor” books & “young readers” books & all of the comic books written about SW which there are many of & the ones put out by Dark Horse Comics are top notch stories that are part of the SW “canon”. These time lines are also not as current as you might expect them to be … don’t know why & it seems a little stupid for the official publisher of the books to not have a complete & total time line but hey … this is SW … “normal” rules don’t apply here … lol …If you add all the books together you’re looking at well over 200 & they span throughout the entire time line from 1000 years before the events of ep I & about 130 years after the events of ep VI with more coming out all the time. The books are NOT rare at all. You can find them at any Borders, or Barnes & Nobel stores. Personally I get most of mine through Amazon.com. They have some great deals & are always prompt with delivery.The first book ever written was the novel version of ep IV. It came out under 3 different titles; “The Adventures of Luke Skywalker”, “Star Wars”, & “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”. This book (all 3 versions) list George Lucas as the writer but in truth it was written by a good friend of his, Alan Dean Foster. The novel versions of the OT (ep IV – VI) are really no longer worth reading as they are not an accurate account of the movies any more, in truth they were very good in that respect even when they were first written. The novel versions of the prequels, however, are worth reading as they provide a LOT of info that can be shown in the movies because of time constraints. The novel version of ep III is almost required reading if you want to know all the little stories within stories within stories … etc … that are going on. Anakin’s fall to the dark side is shown in much greater detail in the book.The 2nd book to come out was “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye” in 1978. It was also written by Alan Dean Foster. This book is a great read & was written before the decision was made to combine the characters of Darth Vader & Anakin Skywalker into one. This book is set in between ep IV & ep V. In this book we get to see Vader duel both of his children although none of them has a clue that they are “related”. As you might think Vader whips Leia leaving her almost dead but Luke stands toe to toe with the Dark Lord & give as good as he gets. It is also an incredible “mirror” of the duel between Luke & Vader in ep V. If you want to know what I mean by that you’ll have to read the book.All that being said whenever anyone asks me which book I would start with my answer is always the same … The Thrawn Trilogy. The titles are “Heir To The Empire”, “Dark Force Rising”, “The Last Command”. They were brilliantly written by Hugo Award winning author Timothy Zahn. They are set 5 years after the events of ep VI and introduce most of the new characters that will play huge roles in the story as it goes along. “The Last Command” is one of the few books that I have ever read cover to cover in one sitting … I just couldn’t put it down until I was done with it. These books are also responsible for the “rebirth” of the SW story. In 1995 Lucas even toyed briefly with the thought of making these books into episodes 7 – 9. One call to Harrison Ford nixed that thought though as Ford was too busy at the time to play the role of Han. Lucas is many things but stupid isn’t one of them, he knew that if he tried to recast the roles of the Big 3, Han, Luke, & Leia, that fans wouldn’t accept it so that idea went out the window and led to Lucas doing the SE versions of the OT and finally to the prequel movies. While the Thrawn Trilogy is NOT ep 7 – 9 Lucas has given it the title of “official continuation of the story of Star Wars” so that ain’t to shabby. After that I always recommend the X-Wing books. After you’ve read them you’ll be ready to jump into the rest of the great stories that have been told without getting “lost” with characters and events that you wouldn’t know about unless you have read the other books.May The Force Be With You ….
The Star Wars books..
Who wrote the books and how many books are thier?
Do you mean the books for the 6 movies or the books of the Star Wars EU (Expanded Universe of books) ?If you are asking about the movies then the first thing you need to know is that one of the things that makes the SW movies unique is that they were NOT made from books as is the case with other saga stories like Harry Potter, LOTR … etc. The books were written about the movies. The novel version of ep IV: A New Hope lists George Lucas as the author but it was in fact “ghost written” by his good friend Alan Dean Foster. George Lucas has never written anything resembling a book in his entire life. When he “wrote” the SW story it was in the form of an epic level, 12 part outline of a story. From that he adapted the “scripts” for the movies. If you’re thinking about reading the novel versions of the movies don’t bother reading the ones for the OT (episodes 4 – 6). They were a horrid representation of the movies when they were first written & are even more so now with the changes made to the OT & all the new info from the prequel movies (episodes 1 – 3). The novel versions of the prequels are worth reading. The novel version of ep 3 is almost “required reading” if you want to know all the stories within stories within stories that are running along with the main story line. The novel versions of the prequels were written by the following:Episode I : The Phantom Menace – Terry BrooksEpisode II : Attack of The Clones – R.A. SalvatoreEpisode III: Revenge of The Sith – Mathew StoverAs for the books of the Star Wars EU … there are just under 200 of them written by some of the best Sci-Fi writers in the business … IE: Timothy Zahn, Michale Stackpole, Aaron Allston, Troy Denning, James Luceno, Kevin J. Anderson … just to name a few.Here is a link to the SW EU time line found at delreybooks.com, the official publisher of SW books:http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/starwa…This time line doesn’t list any of the “younger readers” books or any of the stories done by Dark Horse Comics but it is a pretty complete and up to date time line. It doesn’t, the last time I looked, have the books of the new series that is running right now … “The Fate Of The Jedi” … but I’m sure it will in the near future.If you’re wondering what a good place to start reading the EU books I have to agree with “markwillstar”, a fact that galls me to the core of my being & one that almost never happens because we pretty much hate each other but when he gets one right I have to give him credit for it, in recommending the Thrawn Trilogy. It was written by Hugo Award winning author Timothy Zahn & it is WAY beyond great. It is set 5 years after the events of ep VI & shows the struggles that the Rebellion turned New Republic face as they try to bring back the fair minded & just principals of the Old Republic. This is when the last of Palpatine’s 12 Grand Admirals returns from his duties in the Unknown Regions to take command of the Imperial Fleet & launch attack after attack with the sole purpose of destroying the New Republic & replacing it with a New Empire. The titles are: “Heir To The Empire”, “Dark Force Rising”, & “The Last Command”. These books are a spectacular read and made Zahn the “Master” of the SW EU. Any SW book written by him is a great story and well worth reading as well. I hate to quote a “critic” because they almost always have the opinion directly opposite of mine. What he said was this: Zahn captures the feel of Star Wars so well that you can almost hear the soundtrack of John Williams playing in the back of your head as you read. After the Thrawn Trilogy I would recommend the X-Wing series. After reading these books you will know enough back ground on the characters to not be confused with story.May The Force Be With You …EDIT: Your opinion is yours … I kind of liked “Allegiance”, not one of his best efforts but still very readable. BTW … do you have an answer for this question or did you just want to ***** at me?.
How many star wars books are there.
Approximate is fine.
Well over 100 books that bridge the time period from 1020 years before the events of ep IV to about 45 years after the events of ep IV. If you add in all the Dark Horse comics series about Star Wars, and before you say comics … gag me … just let me say that if you have never read a Dark Horse comic before give one a try … they are very, very well put together and are actually written by novel writers and inked by the best of the best … then you have stories in a time period from 5000 years before the events of ep IV to 130 years after the events of ep IV.Here’s a link that will take you to the Star Wars time line at Del Rey books … the official outlet for Star Wars books:http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/starwa…A note about this list … it doesn’t have releases from the last 4 – 6 months on it … off hand I would say that would be either 4 or 5 books … it should update soon. This list also doesn’t include all the “Younger Reader” books of which there are at least 50 plus of. One thing about these “Younger Readers” books … they are NOT what you would expect them to be … simple wording, easy to see plots … things like that … in truth I have found many of them to be really good reads and even when the story drags you get to learn TONS of background info on different characters.Last, you can find a time line of the books similar to the one you get if you follow that link in the front of most of the newer paperback versions of the books.I know you didn’t ask it but if you’re looking for the best place to start my answer would be The Thrawn Trilogy … great set of books brilliantly written by Hugo Award winning author Timothy Zahn. The titles are “Heir To The Empire”, “Dark Force Rising”, & “The Last Command”. Of the 100s of books that I have read in my life “The Last Command” is one of only a very few that I have read cover to cover in one sitting … I just could not put it down until I knew how it ended.May The Force Be With You ….
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